Meet a mermaid
If you have a kid who loves mermaids, you don’t want to miss this one. After all, how many times in your life do you get to see a real mermaid live? Not many, which is why it’s so mysterious you’ll get to see one this Friday in Tucson. There are different tales of how this beautiful creature came out of the ocean and now hangs out in the saltwater pool at the McCoy Hotel, but the important thing is that it is here now, ready to receive your admiration. . 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 29, McCoy Tucson Hotel, 720 W. Silverlake Road, facebook.com/events/1357251864800403/1358165298042393.
Much too hot. Talk about a song for our time. It’s really too hot. I have a feeling maybe that’s what the cicadas have been singing all along, in their own language. Whether you want supper or fill your cup with your baby tonight, this show at the Century Room has you covered. Artemis’ “Love Songs From the Dark Side of the Lounge” has sold out, and now the pianist and singer has put on a new show based on the Cole Porter Classic.
7 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, The Century Room, 311 E. Congress Street, $15-$20, one drink minimum, eventbrite.com/e/susan-artemis-too-darn-hot-tickets-361509593927.
Monsoon Madness Plant Sale
This annual sale in Tohono Chul is always a special treat, something wonderful to look forward to in the heat of summer. Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into plant parenting with a classic succulent, start an edible plant garden, or get really wacky with your plant collection, you’ll find what you need in this sale. You will also find food trucks, drinks and music! And admission to Tohono Chul is FREE during the sale, so you can see plenty of bonus plants in addition to the ones you decide to take home.
3-7 p.m. Friday, July 29 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Tohono Chul, 7366 Paseo del Norte, free, tohonochul.org/sales-and-special-events.
Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum: Plant Party
Can’t get enough flora after selling Monsoon Madness Plants? Keep the party going tonight with the Desert Museum botany team. They’ll be there to answer your questions about the best plants to take home for your windowsill or garden. If you register in advance, you can take a VIP guided tour of the cactus garden. Even if you miss sign-ups for the tour, you can still enjoy a prickly pear margarita, chat with guides, see art exhibits, and pet stingrays. Plant-y things to do.
6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, $24.95 GA, $22.95 senior, $13.95 youth, children under 3 and children free members of the museum, desertmuseum.org/visit/events_saturday_csn.php.
Badges and backpacks
When you’re a kid, summer vacation stretches out before you, full of sparkle and promise. But, all too soon, you find it’s coming to an end, with your parents mumbling something about “back to school.” This event organized by the sheriff’s department may well take over. It fills the three exhibit halls of the Tucson Convention Center and offers back-to-school activities; health, vision and dental examinations; vaccines; and security information. The first 3,000 school-aged children to participate in the event receive free backpacks full of school supplies!
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue, free, facebook.com/events/514429747093687
“The Greatest Showman” sing along
Imagine this: it’s December 2017, you’ve just picked up one of these stylish new InstaPots to give your mom for Christmas, and you’ve never heard of COVID-19. A new musical inspired by PT Barnum is in theaters, and it’s all your friends are talking about. Life is Beautiful. Transport yourself to the past during this screening at the Fox Theatre. The music for this show is from award-winning songwriters Pasek and Paul, the folks behind “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” The lyrics are displayed on screen so you can sing your heart out. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 30, Fox Tucson, 17 W. Congress Street, $7.50-$10, foxtucson.com/event/greatest-showman/tickets.
Summer Safari Nights
Canine days and summer of astronomy. I think there’s kind of an old proverb that goes, “Look up and feast your eyes on the wonders of the universe.” Look down and feast your eyes on the wonder of the dogs. (I made that up). But the starry desert skies and the dogs are two of my favorite things, and this week you can learn about both at Reid Park Zoo. Spend time with African wild dogs, learn how the animals use the stars to navigate and forage, and enjoy regular activities like the carousel and special dishes. A good moment.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 3400 Zoo Court, $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $6.50 children 2-14, reidparkzoo.org/event/summer-safari-night.
Ecstatic Dance of Sonora
According to the description of the event, Ecstatic Dance is “a free-form movement journey hosted in a safe and sacred container and hosted by a professional DJ.” And you do it barefoot, and you don’t speak, and you have no judgment for yourself or others. Sounds great for anyone who likes to move their body! This event includes yoga with Kyndle Fire Yoga from Tucson Yoga Jam, an open ceremony, and then an ecstatic dance with DocZion, with live drumming from Lori Carol of Gratitude Drum Circle. It ends with a closing circle.
Doors open 4:15 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Studio Space Tucson, 4648 E. Speedway Blvd, $20-$25, eventbrite.com/e/sonoran-ecstatic-dance-tucson-tickets-370012837357.
Did you know there’s a free art walk on the first Thursday of every month in the Foothills Art District at Skyline and Campbell? This month, the Wilde Meyer Gallery will feature artists Brenda Bredvik, Kate Dardine and Wayne Salge, among many others. Come see and support local art on an evening stroll through this cozy little corner of Tucson. You can also enjoy light refreshments and live music.
4-7 p.m., Thursday, August 4, Wilde Meyer Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, free, wildemeyer.com/events.